Curried Vermicelli Noodles with Bok Choy, Bean Sprouts & Candied Cashews

Curried Vermicelli Noodles

with Bok Choy, Bean Sprouts & Candied Cashews

2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

We’re putting our own spin on a classic Southern Asian dish. In this hearty stir-fry, you’ll use vermicelli, a thin rice noodle. (The word “vermicelli” is borrowed from a similarly-shaped Italian pasta, but can refer to a specific type of Asian noodle.) Using traditional spices and aromatics along with seasonal vegetables, you’ll build a delicious dish and finish it with homemade candied cashews for a unique touch of toasty sweetness.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    550 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Curried Vermicelli Noodles with Bok Choy, Bean Sprouts & Candied Cashews
Title
  • 8 oz Vermicelli Rice Noodles
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 oz Bean Sprouts
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 lb Napa Cabbage
  • ½ lb Bok Choy
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 3 Tbsps Cashews
  • 2 Tbsps Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsps Yellow Curry Paste
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and cut the carrots into matchsticks. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the lime, avoiding the pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter the lime. Remove and discard the cabbage core; thinly slice the leaves. Trim off and discard the root ends of the bok choy; roughly chop the bok choy. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; discard the stems.

Candy the cashews:
2 Candy the cashews:

In a large pan, combine the brown sugar, the juice of 1 lime wedge, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook on medium, swirling the pan constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, or just until the sugar mixture turns amber in color. Immediately turn off the heat and add the cashews. Stir to thoroughly coat and transfer to a baking sheet. Set aside to cool. Carefully wipe out the pan.

Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:

In the same pan used to candy the cashews, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the bok choy, carrots, cabbage and white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bok choy and cabbage are slightly wilted. Add ¼ cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender. Transfer to a bowl and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Make the sauce:
4 Make the sauce:

In the same pan used to cook the vegetables, combine the curry paste, lime zest, the juice of 1 lime wedge and ¾ cup of water; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cook the noodles & add them to the sauce:
5 Cook the noodles & add them to the sauce:

Add the vermicelli noodles to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until al dente (slightly firm to the bite). Drain the noodles and transfer them directly to the pan of sauce; stir until thoroughly coated.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the cooked vegetables to the pan of noodles and sauce. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and warmed through. Divide the finished noodles between 2 dishes. Garnish with the candied cashews, green tops of the scallions, mint leaves, bean sprouts and the remaining lime wedges. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and cut the carrots into matchsticks. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the lime, avoiding the pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter the lime. Remove and discard the cabbage core; thinly slice the leaves. Trim off and discard the root ends of the bok choy; roughly chop the bok choy. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; discard the stems.

2 Candy the cashews:

In a large pan, combine the brown sugar, the juice of 1 lime wedge, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook on medium, swirling the pan constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, or just until the sugar mixture turns amber in color. Immediately turn off the heat and add the cashews. Stir to thoroughly coat and transfer to a baking sheet. Set aside to cool. Carefully wipe out the pan.

Candy the cashews:
Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:

In the same pan used to candy the cashews, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the bok choy, carrots, cabbage and white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bok choy and cabbage are slightly wilted. Add ¼ cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender. Transfer to a bowl and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

4 Make the sauce:

In the same pan used to cook the vegetables, combine the curry paste, lime zest, the juice of 1 lime wedge and ¾ cup of water; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make the sauce:
Cook the noodles & add them to the sauce:
5 Cook the noodles & add them to the sauce:

Add the vermicelli noodles to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until al dente (slightly firm to the bite). Drain the noodles and transfer them directly to the pan of sauce; stir until thoroughly coated.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the cooked vegetables to the pan of noodles and sauce. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and warmed through. Divide the finished noodles between 2 dishes. Garnish with the candied cashews, green tops of the scallions, mint leaves, bean sprouts and the remaining lime wedges. Enjoy!

Finish & plate your dish:
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